Check out these free resources that will keep you learning even when you aren't in the classroom. Thank you to Arlington Heights Public Library for sharing their list!
Internet and Coding
- Be Internet Awesome - Digital citizenship curriculum. No account needed.
- Google CS First - Coding curriculum. You can choose from one-hour activities to 8+ hour themed lessons. No account needed.
- Hour of Code - One hour coding lessons for all ages. No account needed.
- Imagineering in a Box - Developed by Khan Academy and Disney, the series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills to create immersive experiences.
- Khan Academy - Online courses in a variety of subjects. You will need to create an account to get started.
- NASA - STEM activities and resources for grades K-12.
- Scholastic Learn at Home - Day-by-day projects to keep you reading, thinking and growing. No account needed.
- Science Buddies - Hands-on science projects for STEM learning at home. You will need to create an account to get started.
- Scratch - Program your own interactive stories, games and animations. You will need to create an account to get started.
- Smithsonian Distance Learning - Distance learning videos for grades 3 to 8.
- Starfall - Educational games for grades K to 3.
Stories and More Online
Here are a variety of story time and additional learning resources you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
- Day by Day NY - A song, story, craft, and more for every day of the year.
- Just For Kids - A comic for kids that explores the new coronavirus.
- KidLit TV - Enjoy kids' TV and radio shows, craft projects, and stories.
- Read, Wonder, and Learn - Do you miss your favorite librarian from Story Time? Check out Read, Wonder, and Learn with beloved authors and illustrators sharing their work with listeners!
- Scholastic Teachables - This online database of printable resources offers unlimited access to award-winning activities and printable skills sheets, lesson plans, clip art, games and other resources for teaching kids grades Pre-K to 8.
- Storyline Online - Famous performers and musicians reading beloved picture books.
Crafts and Activities
Enjoy fun crafts and activities online.
- Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids – Using any podcast app you can listen to some great shows to keep kids ages 2 to 6 occupied.
- Center for Puppetry Arts @ Home – Enjoy workshops, museum tours, and puppet shows from your home for FREE! Must download Zoom from the website.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga- Yoga, stories and some of your favorite pop culture characters like Harry Potter or Elsa, what's not to love?
- Drawing Workshops - Join author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka for live drawing workshops weekdays at 1 p.m. starting Monday, March 16.
- Go Noodle - Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. No account needed.
- Google Earth - Explore destinations all over the world. Take a virtual tour of a museum, climb a mountain, or dive in an ocean. Google Earth has tremendous resources for curious students!
- Google Arts and Culture - A collection of more than 500 different museums and galleries to visit virtually.
- HowtoToon- Live cartooning classes beginning Wednesday, March 18 at noon.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - Draw, doodle, and write with author and illustrator Mo Willems weekdays at noon.
- Maker Stations - Using materials you have around your house, challenge yourself to make something like a catapult or marble maze.
- Milwaukee Zoo Webcam - Cameras are installed at many of the zoo's exhibits including fish, tigers, penguins and more.
- My Name is Benjamin Coloring Sheets - Author Bobby Claeys offers free coloring sheets from his book My Name Is Benjamin. Must create a free account.
- NASA Images - NASA made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online.
- Paris Museums Collections - A collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public.
- Pinna.fm - Kids podcasts, audio stories, music, audiobooks and more. This paid subscription service is now offering a 60 day free trial. You will need to create an account to get started.
- Planes and Balloons - More than 400 pages of printable worksheets for kindergarten.
- San Diego Zoo - Take a virtual trip to the San Diego Zoo!
- Spanish Story Time - Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English
- Virtual Tours of 31 National Parks in the U.S. – Google Earth does it again.